Monday, November 23, 2009

A Tale of Scrubbing

posted by The Vidiot @ 8:37 AM Permalink

Last night, an 18-year-old kid was shot by police in Queens.

At some point during the night, this story -- which is still up on Google news but not for long -- had these paragraphs:

According to an autopsy completed late Sunday, Vasconcellos had three gunshot wounds in the middle of his back, five in his right side and three on his left side, Borakove said. Five police bullets were recovered during the autopsy, she said.

Vasconcellos and two others were spotted leaving a city park in Queens at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday by four officers in an unmarked car. Vasconcellos ran and was pursued by three officers. He then turned and pointed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol at them, Browne said.

"They ordered him to drop the gun, and he did not comply. Three officers fired a total of 14 shots," Browne said.

Vasconcellos, who was also carrying a boxcutter, did not fire his gun. He was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital.

And then, a few hours later, those paragraphs became this one paragraph on one of the more mainstream newsites.

Police shot and killed the teenager late Saturday after they say he pointed a gun at officers and refused orders to drop it. The suspect did not fire his weapon.

And there was no indication that the AP article had been 'updated.' Obviously, the AP went through and scrubbed the story, and the sites that update most often got the new copy. I'm sure Google's version will be scrubbed very soon.

The only reason to scrub this story is if the NYPD is worried about causing yet another race riot because of a shooting like they did for Sean Bell in 2008 and Amadou Diallo in 1999.

Also, as Mike Rivero over at pointed out, it's entirely possible that, having realized they had just murdered a kid who was carrying little more than a box cutter, the cops planted a gun on him. It's not unheard of. And scrubbing the story would be the easiest way to cleanse the public's mind about the shooting.

Interesting, no?

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At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For quite a while now, America's police force has been the primary enforcer of corporate security.

The MSM of course, is corporate property.

The corporate world (increasingly) does not unnecessarily punish its own (corporate) law-enforcing minions in order to diminish its over-all bottom-line.


At 12:07 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

well put.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

additionally, I didn't want to make it look like it was a conspiracy. There wasn't a directive from big brother that made winston change history.

More like, the morning desk sergeant looked at the report and he called the reporter at the AP and probably said "It's too much information in a live case. Clean that up." The sergeant is unaware of the role he plays, but he got that job because he plays that role well.


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